David Kirkpatrick

July 8, 2009

No carbon plan at G-8 summit

Not really surprising given the global recession, among many other issues around climate change politics.

From the link:

The failure to establish specific targets on climate change underscored the difficulty in bridging longstanding divisions between the most developed countries like the United States and developing nations like China and India. In the end, people close to the talks said, the emerging powers refused to agree to the specific emissions limits because they wanted industrial countries to commit to midterm goals in 2020, and to follow through on promises of financial and technological help.

“They’re saying, ‘We just don’t trust you guys,’ ” said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists, an advocacy group based in the United States. “It’s the same gridlock we had last year when Bush was president.”

American officials said they still had made an important breakthrough because the G-8 countries within the negotiations agreed to adopt the 2050 reduction goals, even though the developing countries would not.

Of course if these guys would just listen to this carbon emmission plan out of Princeton University the world could be saved, or something like that.

(Head below the fold for the full Princeton release.) (more…)

December 20, 2008

Nuclear energy — pro and con

Filed under: Business, Politics, Science, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:58 pm
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

The Stokes atmospheric nuclear test was conducted at the Nevada Test Site on August 7, 1957. The tests was conducted as part the operation "Plumbbob" testing events. Stokes produced 9 kilotons and was exploded from a balloon. Credit: Nevada Division of Environmental Protection

Here’s debate on nuclear power at LiveScience. Check it out for a quick pro/con breakdown on the energy source. For the record I have no problem with nuclear energy. It’s controversial and there are strong pros and strong cons to the issue, but to me the pros win this one.

From the link:

While the nucleus of an atom is tiny, an extraordinary amount of energy helps hold it together. Nuclear power seeks to harness that energy to safely provide electricity.

Roughly 100 nuclear power plants are now operating in the United States, supplying about one-fifth of the nation’s electricity. These will start to be retired in 2029, and nearly all will be retired by 2050, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a science advocacy group.

No new nuclear power plants are currently under construction in the United States. However, about 30 are now in various stages of planning, said Alan Nogee, director of the clean energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.